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Nokia Lumia 710 Review

Nokia Lumia 710

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Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Introduction:

Out of all the major domestic wireless carriers, it’s blatantly obvious that T-Mobile has been the most proactive one when it comes to selling Nokia devices, which is evident with past devices like the Nokia Nuron and Astound. Reinventing themselves, Nokia has a lot to overcome if they intend on being a major player in the US once again, but with Microsoft’s blessings, they seem poised to make a comeback. With that in mind, the Finnish company embarks on a new venture with its upcoming Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile, which is priced competitively at $49.99 on-contract, but the question that remains unanswered is whether or not it’ll be a standout hit to garner some buzz.
Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Nokia Lumia 710 Review

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Start Guide
  • Product and Safety Information

Design:

When you’re deemed as a launch pad device to jumpstart a new beginning, one would only expect to see something remarkably piercing to the soul. Unfortunately, we’re a bit underwhelmed as a whole with the design of the Nokia Lumia 710 because of its oh-so predictable appearance.

The Nokia Lumia 710 has a  predictable appearance - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a  predictable appearance - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a  predictable appearance - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

The Nokia Lumia 710 has a  predictable appearance


Nokia Lumia 710 Review

You can compare the Nokia Lumia 710 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Accidental presses are pretty much non-existent with the Nokia Lumia 710, thankfully, because it employs physical Windows buttons as opposed to capacitive ones. Physical buttons are abundant with this one, but with its volume rocker, shutter key, and power button, they’re notoriously difficult to feel out – not to mention lacking a decent response too! Strangely, for something that’s a part of the second wave of Windows Phones, its omission of a front-facing camera is puzzling.

The Nokia Lumia 710 employs physical Windows buttons - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

The Nokia Lumia 710 employs physical Windows buttons


Bottom edge - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Left side - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Power key, microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top) - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Camera shutter and volume key (right) - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

Bottom edge

Left side

Power key, microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top)

Camera shutter and volume key (right)


Back - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Rear camera - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Speaker grill - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Battery compartment - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

Back

Rear camera

Speaker grill

Battery compartment



Display:

With the Lumia 710’s 3.7” WVGA (480 x 800) Clear Black display, it’s decent to say the least among other things, but it’s not totally mesmerizing. Of course, details are more than sufficient for its screen size and resolution, while its rich color production is especially tantalizing to the eyes. However, its overall allure is diminished by its weak brightness output and poor viewing angles, which ultimately washes things out and makes it rather difficult to view under the presence of the sun.

The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7” WVGA Clear Black display - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7” WVGA Clear Black display - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7” WVGA Clear Black display



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posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:24 1

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Isn't "ClearBlack" an amoled screen? How does it have bad viewing angles! That would have been the only factor that made this phone decent. Oh well... T-Mobile should have got the Lumia 800.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:43 13

3. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


ClearBlack is not a display type, rather its a screen technology which puts in an extra polarising layer over the display to avoid reflectance, thus increasing the depth of black and offering clear sunlight visibility. There is the ClearBlack AMOLED display found in the C6-01, E7 etc and the ClearBlack IPS TFT found in the Nokia 603,(ah well, I find the 710 as the twin of 603) , Nokia 701 and yeah, the 710. Good day!!

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 08:16 3

31. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Wow thanks! I guess it just shows how little most Americans know about Nokia (and vice versa probably).

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 20:41 4

27. matt1q2aw3 (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


The HTC Vivid was rated as having poor viewing angles by PA but it was not bad at all in the store. PA also said that its screen was not very bright which was also inaccurate, in my opinion.

Read all the WP7 and Android reviews and take note about the tone of voice used. Compare it to the iphone reviews and you'll note a striking bias towards the iphone.

One example is the use of excuses when noting something bad about an iphone.

I went from WP7 to Android to see what it was all about, and b/c of the file explorer and Adobe flash. If WP7 added flash, a file explorer, and better multi tasking, it would be a fantastic phone. The design is elegant, beautiful, and simple to use.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:58 1

47. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


And they are also bias to Samsung too .
See the gs2 review compare to sensation xe

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:32 5

2. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


so i hear all this about how pretty wp7 is and yet none of these screenshots do anything to pique my interest... but i guess that goes to how wp7 is "competing more with iphone than with android"

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:56 8

4. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


It doesn't need to compete with something it's better than. ZING!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:12 7

5. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)


So your saying the Nokia Lumia 710 is better than iphone?

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 01:14 3

6. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I think he means the other one LOL!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 13:43 1

19. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


After using androids and breifly going through iphones, I raealy grew bland, even with my beloved androids. Although I really love the customizeable aspect of androids, I still really want to try out WM7 which ILikeBubbles didnt like...seems great to me; probaly cause i dint try it before

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 16:13 3

22. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Admittedly it looks boring on the computer. But if you use it in person it's quite an immersive experience.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 03:49 2

8. seylan (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


It puzzles me why Nokia chose to use an ordinary TFT display with Lumia 710, but used a higher quality and very bright IPS LCD on the 701 and even the 603, which run Symbian and are even cheaper...I'm fine with the design, it looks quite good, but it could be a tad thinner and maybe do with some metal...I wouldn't call it "boring" especially with the interchangeable rear covers. Well I don't mind the omission of a front-facing camera, I only tried video calling once with my current smartphone and would never use it again.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 04:49 2

9. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


I think I am going to go w the radar on my value plan and get it this weekend with tmobile sale plus theres still offering another 100 back through the 10th if you trade in another phone any working phone. I just read where the htc radars camera flash works up to 10 feet away as well & that is one of the impt features to me.. So I think that seals the deal for me.. And I thought I was all set on the Nokia!
But with the reviews coming in overall it's not more compelling then the htc Radar afterall!..

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:46 2

10. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Now, who the hell is going to choose this over the HTC Radar??? The design looks absolutely horrible

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:56 2

11. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


i got the white with cyan cover + cyan Purity HD headset

for only 350 euros off contract.... super deal huh?!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 08:31 7

14. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if i had to chose one over the other, id chose the nokia over the HTC

1) nokia's navigation is the best navigation availible on WP7 right now... and its free, works in offline, ect ect ect.
2) i sell the darn things and i still see very little use out of video calling so its not important to me.
3) 1.4ghz processor > 1 ghz
4) They are both "entry level" devices so why pay $50 more for the HTC brand name and a slightly nicer design when the Nokia actually gives you more for less?
5) nokia only apps. It can do everything the HTC can do and yet more.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 09:24 3

15. phunkinc (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


I sell for TMo too. I am a huge HTC fan (well before their monotony recently) and I am getting the 710. I will post my opinion on it as it is being given to me. I love Nokia as well and there are some huge selling points of that over the Radar.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 09:35 1

16. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i was offered to champion it, but turned it down as i need my wifi tethering too much for school. Won the HD7 before as well which was pretty nice. Let us know how u like it after putting it through its paces.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 11:46

17. phunkinc (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Yea I'm championing it. Will do. Where are you located, always nice to see another TMo employee :)

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 19:12

24. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


In Jax, FL, you?

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 01:56

29. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Did not know you were in Jacksonville, remixfa. I grew up in F-L-A, raised in Fort Myers and lived in Tampa for a few years. LOVE Jax. Had some friends that lived in Orange Park, and spent a ton of time there. Good memories.

While in your T-Mo store, give the Nokia a good once over. Very interested in the overall performance. Nokia hardware is supposed to be top notch. Very interested in your opinion.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 22:43

38. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nokia's build quality is normally very nice. we have the 710's in stock.. have had them for a while.. but we dont have a demo device to play with. dont worry, im not one to hold my opinion back. :)

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 22:48

40. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Yea, I like it here. Its a city without feeling like a city since its so spread out. My biggest issue is the FL school system sucks and I'm a big winter fan. Took me a decade but I finally convinced my wife to move from FL once we are done with our degrees.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 16:02 1

21. mallkioskguy (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


Do t-Mobile customers still even like the Nokia brand name? Serious question...

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 19:14 1

25. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yes, surprisingly enough we still get regular "is there a new nokia" questions. I've had 4 customers come in asking about the 710 in the last 2 weeks.. i was quite surprised. And happy... that means people are doing homework for once. :)

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 16:55 1

23. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


I love wp & thought I was gonna be settling in with the 710 even switched from Sprint due to there slow support of wp. But the camera is of great importance to me & that alone is why I am choosing the radar over the lumia. The reviews coming in say the radars is better & also it has a better camera flash as well and better build quality…The slighly faster processor on the 710 will go unnoticed by me.
The camera apeture is an f2.2 on the radar as well vs 2.4 on the Lumia. So the radar is better in low light.

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 13:30 1

34. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


@Landmarkcm...You switched from Sprint, to T-Mobile? And you switched because Sprint supports one WP device, while T-Mobile has only two WP devices? And want the Radar because the aperature is 2.2 vs 2.4 for the Lumia 710? Really?

Wow.

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 11:05

33. DCBureaucrat (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)


My thoughts exactly! The Radar is a better design (imho) and has wifi tethering - which saves me $$ since it provides mobile data for my tablet and laptop. And the Radar is currently FREE now that they are adding an extra $100 off rebate. If this phone was on Sprint or Verizon I could see it filling a need in their lineup - but both T-Mo and ATT already have good low-end WM7 Mango phones. Now, show me the new Nokia Ace and I might be interested.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 22:45

39. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


since when does the radar have wifi tethering?

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 07:17

12. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i like this phone, descent for what it has been manufactured.

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Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches
(119 x 62.4 x 12.48 mm)
4.43 oz  (126 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 6.9 hours talk time

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